New Delhi, Nov 23: BJP on Saturday said it was a moral and electoral victory of the BJP-led alliance under the leadership of Devendra Fadnavis and alleged that there was a conspiracy to control the financial capital through backdoor.
'It was a moral and electoral victory of the BJP-led alliance under the leadership of Devendra Fadnavis, this has to be understood by everybody," said Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in a press conference at the party headquarters here. 'Shiv Sena left their ideology to grab the chair. It was a conspiracy to control the financial capital through backdoor. This is the reality,' he said.
The mandate was for Mr Fadnavis to be Chief Minister, he said, adding that the mandate given by the people of Maharashtra for Shiv Sena and BJP has to be respected. 'The bigger party was BJP and mandate for Chief Minister was given to Devendra Fadnavis. He has a clean and honest image,' he stated, adding that in the success of Shiv Sena candidates, the prospect of Mr Fadnavis becoming Chief Minister and BJP's support played a crucial role.
He expressed hope that the BJP will give a stable and honest government in Maharashtra. Congress and NCP had agreed to sit in the opposition, he said and asked Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray 'what led to the match-fixing in Maharashtra.' Shiv Sena left their ideology to grab the chair and compromised on principles, he said, adding that the country is entitled to know how the Opposition got excited to grab the power: "In the morning, apart from the collective claim of BJP and Ajit Pawar-led NCP showing majority, there was no counter claim in front of the Governor," he said.
Mr Prasad said the Governor called all three parties. 'When the NCP and Shiv Sena were called, they said give more time. This morning, along with BJP and the NCP led by Ajit Pawar said that we have a majority.' The legacy of Balasaheb Thackeray has been let down, he said. 'Some people are talking about the legacy of Chhatrapati Shivaji, I will just tell them that those who compromise their views for power, at least do not talk about Chhatrapati Shivaji,' he said.
It is being said that democracy has been murdered, Mr Prasad said and replied 'when Shiv Sena is motivated by selfishness to break their 30-year friendship and join hands with their staunch opponents, is this not a murder of democracy?' (UNI)